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Can't Boot, Halt or Reboot a Non-Global Zone (NGZ) with Status 'shutting_down' or 'down' (Doc ID 1493610.1)

Last updated on MARCH 22, 2018

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 3/05 and later
Solaris x64/x86 Operating System - Version 10 3/05 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

A non-global zone is stuck in the "down" or "shutting down" state.  For example:

global # zoneadm list -icv
ID NAME     STATUS         PATH            BRAND    IP
0  global   running        /               solaris  shared
1  myzone   down           /zones/myzone   solaris  excl

global # zoneadm list -icv
ID  NAME    STATUS         PATH            BRAND    IP
0   global  running        /               solaris  shared
1   myzone  shutting_down  /zones/myzone   solaris  excl

Attempts to boot the non-global zone fail.  For example:

global# zoneadm -z myzone boot
zone 'myzone': zone is already booted

global# zoneadm -z myzone boot
zone 'myzone': error: zone is already booted
zoneadm: zone myzone: call to zoneadmd(1M) failed: zoneadmd(1M) returned an error 5 (operation not allowed in the current zone state)

global# zoneadm -z myzone boot
zone 'myzone': WARNING: zone is in state 'down', but zoneadmd does not appear to be available; restarted zoneadmd to recover.
zoneadm: zone 'myzone': zone is already booted

Attempts to reboot or halt the non-global zone fail.  For example:

global# zoneadm -z myzone reboot
zone 'myzone': unable to destroy zone

global # zoneadm -z myzone halt
zoneadm: zone 'myzone': unable to unmount '/zones/myzone/root/data'
zoneadm: zone 'myzone': unable to unmount file systems in zone
zoneadm: zone 'myzone': unable to destroy zone

Cause

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